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Doggie Day Care - A Fun and Flexible Home Business
Another way to profit from the demand to pamper pets whose owners are away during the day is to operate a Doggie Day Care business in your home. While this service caters to the same group of people who use Pet Sitting services, the main difference is that the dogs come to your home. This is also called Doggy (or Doggie) Day Care. (Dog day care services are more common, so why not consider a Cat Day Care service instead?)
And while this business has some similarities to Dog Boarding, Pet Day Care is usually on a smaller scale and, as the name implies, usually does not involve overnight stays by the animals.
What a Doggie Day Care Business Involves:
Knowledge and Equipment Required:
Liability insurance is also a must for a pet day care business, in case Buster runs away or is injured.
Also, become familiar with your city or neighborhood zoning restrictions; many limit the number of dogs you can have at one time.
Doggy Day Care is NOT the business for people who are allergic to animal hair, who have expensive furniture, or kids (or pets) who don't get along with other pets.
Resources for More Information on Starting a Dog Bakery Business
This is an excellent, step-by-step guide to help you get your Doggie Day Care business up and running fast. It's packed with industry resources, the latest statistics and plenty of tips from the pros.
Here are just some of the topics covered:
-How to develop a winning business plan
Don't commit to provide Dog Day Care for a new dog until you have a "trial run" with a new dog, say for 2 or 3 hours.
If the dog will require feeding during the day, ask the owner to bring a supply of the dog's preferred food.
Be very clear about drop-off and pick-up times (whether you offer a half day or full day service), and charge extra fees for late pickups.
Be sure the dog's vaccinations are current.
In many towns, there's an urgent need for dog foster care - this might be a good way to test your aptitude for a dog day care business while providing a useful community service, too. (And generating some positive "buzz" when you DO choose to start your business.)
More than one puppy at a time may sound like fun, but it's a hassle! It's much easier to care for trained, housebroken, adult pets.